Where in the world is suspected paedophile David Peppiatt?
The Henderson businessman who mysteriously disappeared while sailing in Rarotonga last year is believed to have faked his death.
And the Auckland man whose yacht is at the centre of the disappearance wants Cook Islands police to give him $9000 that was stolen off the boat by a crooked cop.
Nick Diggle was the owner of the 36ft sloop Sojourn, which was stolen by Christopher Michael David Peppiatt, also known as Gavin Maitland, in late 2011.
Pepppiatt, well-known in West Auckland, had negotiated to buy the yacht, but sailed away in it before the deal was completed.
Mr Diggle later learned from police that Peppiatt was due to stand trial on multiple child sex charges.
The boat sailed into Avatiu Harbour in Rarotonga in January last year with Peppiatt claiming his passport had been washed overboard and giving his assumed name, Maitland.
He was allowed to visit the local hospital for heart medication before sailing off.
Peppiatt then issued a mayday call, saying he was having trouble breathing, and when authorities arrived they found no-one on board.
Many people in the Cook Islands believe Peppiatt faked his death and was picked up by another vessel.
Police put out Interpol alerts, but there has been no sign of Peppiatt.
In another twist, $9000 in New Zealand and United States currency that was found on board the abandoned yacht was later stolen by police officer Davinia Webb.
She was convicted of theft and sentenced to a year's probation and community work.
Mr Diggle, who installs refrigeration systems in supermarkets, says he put in a claim for the $9000, even though it wasn't his.
He says he's unable to get to Rarotonga to claim the boat and got a bill for $3000 from the local port authority for storage.
Then, earlier this year, Cook Islands police sold the boat, known as Bonny in Rarotonga.
"They sold it by public tender, which I think was a bit of a rort."
The yacht was bought for only $2000 by Kiwi ex-pat Keith Christian. Mr Diggle asked Mr Christian whether he would pay him the money rather than police, "but the police snaffled it".
Mr Diggle says he went to the Citizens Advice Bureau, but "they had no idea what to do and suggested I ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs to put in a word".
Mr Diggle says he thought he would have a good claim on the $9000.
The fact it was stolen by a police officer just summed up the whole experience.
"If it wasn't Peppiatt stealing off me it was the Cook Islands authorities. They are supposed to work on New Zealand law but they please themselves."
Inspector John Strickland of Cook Islands police says the issue of what to do with the $9000 recovered from the sacked police officer, had been passed to Crown Law.
"We will take advice from them and take it from there."
He says the owner of the money appeared to be Peppiatt, who was now missing, but there were also issues around costs that had been incurred by police.
"How are we going to get our costs back?"
- © Fairfax NZ News
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